The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy

The China Model Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy Westerners tend to divide the political world into good democracies and bad authoritarian regimes But the Chinese political model does not fit neatly in either category Over the past three decades Ch

  • Title: The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy
  • Author: Daniel A. Bell
  • ISBN: 9780691166452
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Westerners tend to divide the political world into good democracies and bad authoritarian regimes But the Chinese political model does not fit neatly in either category Over the past three decades, China has evolved a political system that can best be described as political meritocracy The China Model seeks to understand the ideals and the reality of this uniqueWesterners tend to divide the political world into good democracies and bad authoritarian regimes But the Chinese political model does not fit neatly in either category Over the past three decades, China has evolved a political system that can best be described as political meritocracy The China Model seeks to understand the ideals and the reality of this unique political system How do the ideals of political meritocracy set the standard for evaluating political progress and regress in China How can China avoid the disadvantages of political meritocracy And how can political meritocracy best be combined with democracy Daniel Bell answers these questions and .Opening with a critique of one person, one vote as a way of choosing top leaders, Bell argues that Chinese style political meritocracy can help to remedy the key flaws of electoral democracy He discusses the advantages and pitfalls of political meritocracy, distinguishes between different ways of combining meritocracy and democracy, and argues that China has evolved a model of democratic meritocracy that is morally desirable and politically stable Bell summarizes and evaluates the China model meritocracy at the top, experimentation in the middle, and democracy at the bottom and its implications for the rest of the world.A timely and original book that will stir up interest and debate, The China Model looks at a political system that not only has had a long history in China, but could prove to be the most important political development of the twenty first century.

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    1. The China Model asks an ambitious and challenging question - is there a better and more effective form of government than liberal democracy? The premise, I am sure, will be deeply offensive to many, and it will be harder to find a more coherent analysis of his argument if that is the case. A political intellectual should not fear asking difficult questions.That said, however, this book has serious and abiding flaws in the premise of the argument. Bell makes his comparisons between Western 'liber [...]

    2. Danny B is the sort of guy who, had he been alive in 1938, would have written a similar polemic about the merits of National Socialism in Germany, while trumpeting the impending demise of democracy. I generally shy away from making comparisons like that, but when such a blatant piece of propaganda comes along trying to spin the most corrupt, mass murdering regime on the face of the planet as 'meritocratic' than well, one has a moral duty here. I would have been no less critical of a similar anal [...]

    3. A thought provoking case for elite meritocracy rather than one-man-one-vote democracy as a way to select top national leaders -- Bell argues that this is an especially appropriate model for a "large, diverse, modernizing country" like China.Part analysis of contemporary Chinese institutions and part normative political theory (drawing on Chinese scholars to critique classic western theorists from Mill and Hayek to Rawls), the book also makes the case for the problems with democracy. In this sens [...]

    4. IntroductionIt is absurd for a society not to have its best people at the head of its leading institutions. The theme of this book is how such people are best identified and elevated into prominent positions. This book is essentially an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of political meritocracy versus open democracy. To resist meritocracy is like a plant insisting on exposing its roots to sunlight and burying its leaves; or like a football team putting its cutest player at running bac [...]

    5. Дуже короткий відгук про гарно написану книгу із поганими аргументами.Деніел Белл у книзі "Китайська модель. Політична меритократія та межі демократії" має на меті оправдати наміри світових спільнот знайти альтернативи всюдисущій демократії. Особливих проблем із пошуко [...]

    6. I have nothing to say. Eulogizing the Confucius political system and teeming with imagination about Chinese politics.

    7. Автор вихваляє меритократію, адже, на його думку, принцип "одна людина - один голос"поганий тим, що тисячі політичнонеосвічених людей обирають лідера.

    8. The book is fairly well written, but poorly argued.I was initially excited to read a book that evaluates, and then makes suggestions to improve upon, the Chinese political structure. Bell starts his book out with a chapter arguing that electoral democracy in a one-man-one-vote system is not a system that leads to optimal outcomes. Bell limits his discussion to the meritocracies of China and Singapore, and then limits electoral democracy to that of the United States, and points out many of the fl [...]

    9. The argument that Mr.Bell has put forward is nothing more than some wheezy, cut-and-dried standing dish in political science. Regardless of whether this argumentation makes sense or not, the writing of the book clearly shows the deficiency of scholarship and the self-contradictiveness within the author's logics. Mr.Bell, however, did make some sounding points by simply combining what has already been done and pointing out that "nobody is doing the same as I do".Overall an anticipated but disappo [...]

    10. 清華(京)教書的 Bell 是近年西方政論學者中親中舔共派的出頭鳥之一。部分是因為他在中國教書,要規避思想審查已經變得有點言不由衷,然而,他也承認許多仇中者無法看到的一面:就是中共的內部人才拔擢與決策機制(oligarchy),其實是一個非常有效率、能夠舉賢和避免民粹的系統(meritocracy)。

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